Go ahead and skip to #1; it’s not cheating. "Evidently there is something that we human beings can share with celestial beings.
Top 10 Reasons I Want to Go to Heaven
Go ahead and skip to #1; it’s not cheating.
By Bill Krick
"Evidently there is something that we human beings can share with celestial beings."
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Why do you want to go to heaven? Here are my top 10 reasons.
10. Animals: On a recent visit to Africa my family and I had the privilege of observing—in the wild—lions, rhinos, elephants, hippos, a leopard, and a cheetah. In heaven these fabulous creatures will live freely, but with no bloodthirsty predation: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox. . . . They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain” (Isa. 65:25).
9. Gardening: My wife and I make valiant attempts at gardening, but unfortunately our thumbs are more brown than green. I’m looking forward to planting and actually eating some of the results (verse 21).
8. Learning: Academic pursuits with their constant inquiry and exploration stimulate my mind. Heaven will provide this in limitless quantities, and no hard, intellectual question will be off-limits.
7. “Oh, I See”: Heaven will offer all the understanding and clarity that have painfully eluded us. Those murky, difficult experiences which have confused us, which we have chosen to take by faith without seeing all the pieces, God will satisfyingly resolve for us. We will grin with expressions of amazement as we “get it”—seeing God’s wisdom and love toward us during our most challenging times.
6. Evangelism: Evangelism in heaven? Well, sort of. Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:10 that “the manifold wisdom of God” can be “made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” Evidently there is something that we human beings can share with celestial beings; something they don’t know about God. “What did it feel like to be forgiven?” they will ask. “What was it like to face a pointed and embedded hereditary temptation, and overcome it?” I’m looking forward to sharing, with great fervor, what my Redeemer has done for me, and what it was like to be rescued from sin and from this planet.
5. Fellowship: We will enjoy the sweetest-ever companionship, especially with friends with whom we have walked through many a shared experience. We will know—together—what it means to have faced the devil’s end-time persecution machine, walking right into his worst temptations, and to have overcome by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 14:3; 12:11).
4. The Destruction of Suffering/Injustice/Death: No more malignant biopsies, debilitation, or skinned knees. No more abuse of power or oppression, the strong taking advantage of the weak. No more divorce, abuse, trafficking. No more wars of national conquest. (And no more news reports about all of this.) In fact, John says he watched as “Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:14). Death and the grave (all the pain associated with them as realities we experience or observe will cease operations—destroyed by the decree of the Almighty.
3. Meeting the People I Influenced to Choose God: The moment we lock eyes with these people will bring a rush of exhilaration. “The redeemed will meet and recognize those whose attention they have directed to the uplifted Savior. What blessed converse they will have with these souls! ‘I was a sinner,’ it will be said, ‘without God and without hope in the world; and you came to me, and drew my attention to the precious Savior as my only hope. And I believed in Him. I repented of my sins. . . . And now I see Him face to face. I am saved, eternally saved, ever to behold Him whom I love.’ ”1
When I was in academy, a fellow student was about to be baptized. My chemistry teacher approached me and said, “You realize that he chose to commit his life to God because of your influence.” I was shocked. I didn’t feel as if I had done anything at all. But it made me happy to think that I could impact someone else for God. In heaven, tracing the threads of the great web of influence will reveal how we influenced others for the kingdom. We will meet those people who will say to us, “You don’t remember what you did that day, but this is what happened . . . . It was a turning point in my life, and here I am!”
2. No More Snake: There will be no snakes in trees pushing propaganda as to why we should eat forbidden fruit. Since Satan is “the direct instigator of all the sins that caused the death of the Son of God,”2 his absence will make a noticeable difference. I can’t wait to have him off my back. I often just want to enjoy my time here on earth without facing harassment; I sometimes say to him, “Just go away and leave me alone! Give me a break, Satan!” But he provides no such breaks. He specializes in attempts to annoy, bother, tempt, and threaten. But in heaven, it’s over for him. The battles we daily face will disappear. The great controversy will be over. He and his fellow rebels will be excluded from heaven.
Here on earth we do at times experience peace. Sometimes God doesn't allow Satan access to us. But usually God grants Satan the freedom to tempt and harass us. In heaven we will finally be able to let down our guard, not fearing any tricks, traps, or ambushes from the enemy. Our days will be filled with pure and uninterrupted peace.
1. Seeing God Face to Face! The Bible presents its climax in Revelation 22:4: “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” The entire history of redemption reaches its apex as we meet our God and see His face. This is the moment for which we were created. It fulfills our very existence. Though “no one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18), and though He dwells “in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see” (1 Tim. 6:16), yet He will give us the privilege of living with Him and being with Him (Rev. 21:3).
Prayer ministries will cease to exist. No more prayer chains, no more fasting and prayer days, no more prayer weekends. As the poet wrote: “Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!” Instead, it will be “face to face with Christ my Savior.”
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12). Paul here did not have in mind today’s sparkling mirrors carefully wiped with glass cleaner, but rather the mirrors of first century A.D. Palestine: polished metal. The incomplete and sometimes distorted images that they provided the viewer make for a perfect illustration of how little we know, how little we see, of God. “But then,” he continues, we shall see “face to face.” The top of the charts—the top reason I want to go to heaven—is to see Jesus face to face.
Why do you want to go to heaven?
Bill Krick serves as director of literature ministries for the Central California Conference in the United States.